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Aislin answers my questions as we talk about her acting and performing career both deliberately and thoughtfully. Better
than you might expect from someone who is barely a teenager. You can tell she wants to get it right. Her poise is no surprise though
as she has been active as a performer since she was 3 years old. That builds character.|
The daughter of nature loving and artistic parents, her mother worked at a performing arts school for a time and her father is an art gallery owner in Asheville, North Carolina. She grew up surrounded by talent and enlightened minds. Not to mention the support she has received from her parents and mentors along the way. That can make a big difference in the formative years.
You can tell a lot about a person by the people they regard as role models. For Aislin it is Emma Watson for being a down to earth actor that uses her celebrity to bring attention to the causes she favors and Malala Yousafzai for her bravery in standing up for the right to go to school and get an education in a country where young girls are discouraged from doing so. A refreshing outlook for someone to aspire to.
Samantha Mills recently moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles. In North Carolina she had built up a reputation as a model and actor working mostly in the southeast. The move to L.A. was a career move but not for the reason you might think. It was a better opportunity for her day job. She explained that she would kind of be starting over in Los Angeles with her acting and modeling. I'm sure she will find lot's of opportunity there.|
As a model, Samantha's good looks and svelte frame have helped her get jobs such as photo layouts in magazines, advertisements for companies such as Belk and Pepsi, and placements to sell everything from jewelry and shoes to cars and insurance. In modeling, and to some extent in acting, she considers herself a salesperson. Whether it is selling the product, the concept, or the character she says that's what she's there to do. After thinking about it for a while I understood what she meant. She sold me.
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"This script is a gift to actors."- Glynnis O'Connor, on The Historian
Sometimes a person is compelled to do what is instinctive to them. That is the case with Lilly Nelson. She has been acting as far back as she can remember as a little girl, kindergarten or even before. Even as a kid she was making up plays and doing little films with her friends and family. Apparently her father, who is an art director, helped influence her creativity.
At home on both stage and screen, it doesn't matter as long as she's acting. No prima donna she likes to be involved whether it's in front of the camera or behind the scenes. She will help with a production any way she can. One specialty she has is helping actors with different dialects as well as teaching acting.
"Lilly has breathed life into Betty and given her more depth than we even imagined. She is a true artist." - Christine Parker Director of Fix It In Post
One of Tweetsie Railroad's two steam locomotives, 2-8-2 #190, on May 20th, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The theatre is something special. Meme Simmons knows that. She was drawn to it as a child. First singing in the choir at age four then performing in high school plays for five years since she did her first musical with the high school when she was still in the eighth grade.
From high school she went straight to college in New York City. Eventually landing roles in off-broadway productions and touring companies.
Now she's back in her hometown bringing her theatrical talent to the people of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Here she has established Debbie's Angels Productions to produce shows and teach acting with the help of her relatives and friends.
In Jacksonville she has helped produce a musical at Southwest High School and directed theatre classes for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Debbie's Angels produced a musical called Broadway After Dark last year and has plans for two more adult performances this year and one for kids.
With one gig here, another there, these kids are quickly making it known, we're here, we're amazing, and you're going to love us!
Originally from Kinston, North Carolina he wound up in Miami via Minnesota. In Minneapolis he had his first brush with movies while working as an extra in Drop Dead Gorgeous. That's when he first became interested in film. While still in Minnesota Jackson produced films of both stage plays and screenplays. He also met his wife Karuna Sun when she auditioned for a film he was working on.
From Minneapolis they headed to Miami where Karuna was urged to come for modeling work. Jackson's first job in Florida was playing a Russian thug in Burn Notice. Ready to go anywhere he's looking to come back to North Carolina for some of the productions springing up in the area. Here is a conversation with Jackson about where acting has taken him.
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Q: Who has extraordinary musical talent, extraordinary good looks, extraordinary stage-presence as well as world renown, an extraordinary talent for turning classics into ultra-modern, an extraordinarily diverse fan-base, AND just came out with a Christmas album?
A: YES! Michael Buble!
(Okay.... Big swoon!)
Michael Buble... he's the one with the silky voice, the one that hushes all women's conversations the moment one of his songs comes over the radio, the one who sells out every venue he books worldwide, the one who has the very best, youngest and hottest musicians around, both in studio and in his music videos... he's he one! (Move OVER, Frank Sinatra!)
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